THE COMFORT OF SECRETS (Sweet Lake #2)

THE COMFORT OF SECRETS               CHRISTINE NOLFI

Cat Mendoza needs a win. After a business failure and years of dating the wrong men, she’s ready to turn things around.

First she must convince the residents of Sweet Lake, Ohio, that she’s taking her responsibilities seriously. As the events director of the newly restored Wayfair Inn, she has the support of her best friends, Linnie and Jada. But everyone else—including her overprotective mother and the well-meaning Sweet Lake Sirens—can’t help but chime in with advice about her plans, her apparently too-tight clothes, and her undeniable attraction to Ryan D’Angelo, the charming ad exec hired to promote the inn.

Cat knows she should keep Ryan at a distance, but she’s drawn closer by the heartbreak he tries to hide. Will uncovering his secrets derail the new life Cat hopes to achieve…or will she gain something to cherish forever?

MY REVIEW:
     I really enjoyed this story.  It had all the elements you want for a fun and interesting story.  The characters were witty, sarcastic, infuriating, loving, devoting, hilariously funny, and so many other things that spelling family and friends.  Yet, there was one element that none of them willingly wanted excitement at the expense of another but one.  And for that everyone’s life forever changes.
     This story revolves around Cat Mendoza who is from Sweet Lake, Ohio.  She’s been living the last eight years at the Wayfair Inn in the south wing and helping to bring back the of life Wayfair Inn.
     But now the push is on and the funding is in to make the changes her friend Linnie has always wanted to make to the place.  So, the three friends Jada, Linnie, and Cat have big plans in the works.
     Linnie the owner will oversee all construction, renovations, and the everyday running of the place as a whole.
     Jada the chef will be handling the kitchen and the staff and all of the baking, cooking and the staff.
     Cat is in charge of the marketing and budget.  But she is smart enough after losing her own business eight years ago to turn to her friend Miri who owns a marketing firm "Adworks."
     But when morning sickness strikes and the drive from Cincinnati is not in the cards she ends up sending her best guy for the job, Ryan D’Angelo.  The only thing is she has no time that morning to call and tell her between briefing and barfing.  So, Cat was not happy when caught off guard.
     Especially, when tall, dark, green eyed, and sexy as hell starts off flirting out right and can’t seem to edit himself.  He seems to be out right and openly staring too.  Truthfully, either can she.  It feels like they are two magnets.  The thing is he can’t seem to stop getting texts.  Someone keeps blowing up his phone.  He answers a few and then he stops for a while.
     Cat decides to take him for an outing of the grounds since he is going to have to sell the idea of the place to the outside world so he will need to get a feel of it.  Going outdoors for him she notices alone causes him a reaction.  When she says something he basically says he doesn’t “do” outdoors.  The closer they got to the line of the wooded area he goes into a panic look on his face and started sweating.  She put her arm around him and guides him away.
     When he gathers himself, his composer back in place, he says, the least amount he can.  Somewhere in there his mother and he were involved.  The next few days the text get even more out of control when he confides his mom has panic attacks thinking someone is coming after her.
     This is a funny book but yet there are some heart-wrenching moments that just grip you too.  There are some very intense ones that need to be paid attention to.  For it could be anyone of us.  If you are like me you might be even talking out loud to a few characters or yelling. :P
    I give this book: 5++++ stars.  Provided by netgalley.com.   

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